21/06/2017

97 Wide Bay youths on the right PaTH with local businesses

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said 97 local young people from the Wide Bay electorate who had been dependent on welfare have now successfully gained work through the Coalition Government’s innovative PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.

Almost 100 Wide Bay youths are among more than 5,000 young Australians who now have jobs under the ‘Hire’ element of the Australian Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program.

“This is a win for those young people who are now employed; it’s a win for the local businesses which have employed them and are helping them grow in their careers; and it’s a win for the local economy,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien said many local businesses had already benefited from the financial incentives available to hire more young people, and he encouraged Wide Bay businesses to consider taking advantage of the Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 to assist taking on extra staff to help grow their business.

Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, said the Coalition Government’s new Youth Bonus wage subsidy has seen over 5,000 young people gaining employment through the PaTH program to date.

“We understand the best form of welfare is a job,” Minister Cash said.

“The Government’s significant investment in PaTH is focused on helping young people get the skills they need, giving them a go and getting them a job.”

Businesses employing young people (15 to 24 years of age) on income support and registered with an employment services provider may be eligible for a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

Youth Jobs PaTH also offers young Australians access to job-ready training programs through the ‘Prepare’ element and internship opportunities through the ‘Trial’ element.

For more information about Youths Job PaTH, visit www.jobactive.gov.au/path